Colbert: Missing smiling Obamacare Web site lady done in by death panel

Vaguely-ethnic, smiling Obamacare Web site lady is gone. And Stephen Colbert is on the case.

This is the way the Affordable Care Act federal exchange home page used to look:

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This is the way it looks now:

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Because that was the biggest problem with the federal exchange Web site – the vaguely latino looking woman on the home page.

Fortunately, Stephen Colbert is on the case :) He thinks she was done in by a death panel.


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12 Responses to “Colbert: Missing smiling Obamacare Web site lady done in by death panel”

  1. karmanot says:

    Friends of smiley lady want her back!

  2. NoBebop says:

    They may have been responding to reports that wingnut “media” was trying to track that woman down and go all granite countertops on her.

  3. newbroom says:

    now if only the loathsome Progressive Insurance Company ads would follow suit. And while I’m commenting on insurance companies….they suck.

  4. macmcdonald says:

    Do you realize that many Spaniards are blonde and blue eyed?

  5. discus_sucks_ass says:

    looks like the page was simply redesigned and no room for the pic so calm down folks. Colbert’s bit was funny as hell, but c’mon it is just a comedy bit.

  6. iamlegion says:

    You know, I bet not having a vaguely Latinoesque woman looking at them on the website _actually did_ make Republicans feel better about it all. If it had been a black woman originally, we might be in a shooting civil war right now…

  7. I dunno, I thought she was a great advertisement for Dental Insurance myself…. or at least Photoshop.

  8. emjayay says:

    It would appear that they decided that useful buttons were better than wasting a bunch of space on a smiley lady. It looks like they also wanted to make it obvious that you can call.

  9. Loona_c says:

    A conspiracy no doubt.

  10. perljammer says:

    Makes sense. Wonder why she’s gone? I’m imagining a meeting where a list is being formulated, of website problems that need fixing. Someone calls out, “… and get rid of that damnable smiling woman; she gives me the willies!”

  11. That’s the intent of picking people like that for things like this – the goal is to have her be someone you can relate to, regardless of your ethnicity.

  12. perljammer says:

    Vaguely latino? I thought she looked a bit like Natalie Wood, who was of Russian extraction. Anyway, it’s good to know the website maintainers have their priorities straight.

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